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Senior Corps Volunteers recognized for their service
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One Barton County and one Pawnee County volunteer were honored for their service with the Programs at the monthly in-service meeting at Perkins in Great Bend on November 17. Those recognized were: (left to right): Judi Welch, Larned - 5 Years of Service (FGP) and Dolores Burgardt, Great Bend - 4 Years of Service (SCP)

Delores Burgardt of Great Bend and Judi Welch of Larned were  honored for their community service at the In-service meeting and holiday Luncheon held in November. Welch has served five years a Foster Grandparent volunteer and Burgardt was honored for four years as a Senior Companion.  
Senior Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible. Foster Grandparents work with children with special needs in schools, day care centers and Head Start.
Senior Corps volunteers are individuals 55 years of age and older. Those with limited incomes receive benefits which include a tax-free stipend of $2.65/hour, a travel allowance, training, accident and liability insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and recognition. They are insured with accident and liability insurance while serving.  
The Programs are sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC.  Senior Companions serve in Barton, Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Trego, Ford, Gove, Graham, Phillips, Hodgeman, Ness, Logan and Pawnee counties.  If you are interested in serving others, call 785-628-5809.